Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian competitor Tony South (left) on his way to an archery medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh.

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

The teams from Australia and Jamaica wait on the infield during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Jamaica hosted the previous Games, in 1966. The Australian team flag bearer is Kevin Betts. It was a time when team officials, rather than athletes carried the flag in the opening ceremony.

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

On a bleak afternoon, Australian team members line up outside Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, ready to enter for the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Front row, from far left: Libby Kosmala, Tony South and Cherrie Ireland. Frank Ponta is two places behind Ireland.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

The members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games were:

Athletes:

Officials:

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Similar to the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, the Edinburgh games began immediately following the able-bodied Commonwealth Games. The Edinburgh organising committee decided to keep the theme of the existing logo but adapted it to incorporate the Scottish emblem of the thistle. The selection of the thirty-two strong Australian team was not without controversy, with the omission of Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year, Bruno Moretti, but there was a shared desire to challenge the dominance of the English, established four years previously.

Performance
Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation. England took the honours. Australia, though, had some incredible individual performances. Two athletes stood out in an international context: Robert McIntyre, the nation’s only male track athlete, was the best male athlete at the Games winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Australia’s Cherrie Lloydstrom (later Ireland) won more medals than any other athlete. Libby Kosmala also had an outstanding competition, taking home two golds, a silver and four bronze medals. The Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh also marked the end of Kevin Cunningham’s and Gary Hooper’s participation in international competition. Cunningham and Hooper were very successful athletes in the era of multi-sport competitors. Hooper had a record of contesting as many as thirteen events in a single competition. In the lead up to Hooper’s retirement, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1969) for “achievements at the Paraplegic Olympics“.

Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Burno Moretti talks about his disappointment on not being selected despite being Victoria’s Sportsman of the Year.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 02 September 2010

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Australian competitor Tony South (left) waits to receive his silver medal for fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh. South also won medals in archery and wheelchair slalom.

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Libby recalls her memory of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as the sole South Australian competitor, coming home with two gold medals, a silver and four bronze, her love of competition, her enjoyment of meeting and socialising with people with disabilities from around Australia, strength of New South Wales and Western Australian wheelchair sports and teams, the importance of able-bodied supporters and promoters to the strength of the team.

Interviewer: Nicola Henningham
Interviewee: Libby Kosmala
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 08 April 2011
Listen to the full interview here